99 chevy suburban starter keeps going out


Asked by Aug 20, 2014 at 04:20 PM about the 1999 GMC Suburban C1500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I replaced the started a year ago it went out as I was taking my kid to school it was just cranking and not turning over  making a drilling noise, now a few weeks ago it was doing it again we replaced the battery and the starter ,battery was bad and so was starter now today Im back to the car broke down at school again turn the key made drilling noise as I turned it and it would not start?! I was told it was going to be exspensive to fix and I should get a new car for what im going to pay for it? any idea what it could be ? is it minor fixable or beyond fixable car runs great other than that.

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Sounds like gear cogs may have have broken of flywheel. Either that or the bendix is not pushing out to engage flywheel. Former is expensive. Latter not so much.

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I agree with fordnut. Sounds like a flywheel problem. Some vehicles need shims in between the starter and engine block to insure the proper clearance between the starter gear and the flywheel gear. It should most likely be .020 inch. HTH. -Jim

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Deborah Moore-Lovitt

My problem is that the replacement starter will run outside the Suburban (hot wired) bendix kicks out, everything runs well...once I install the unit into the Suburban, it will not function..

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I chased a starter issue on my 1998 C1500 PICKUP EXT CAB same vortec engne. Symptoms arent the same same but it ended up being the battery's negative terminal to engine block ground Wire. It was caked with grease grime and oil. Your Issuse could be electrical. Look carefully at the wires (-&+) and replace if necessary

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